What HVAC Maintenance Tasks Can I Perform Myself?

What HVAC Maintenance Tasks Can I Perform Myself?

Most HVAC contractors can answer general service questions without making a service call, so you can handle basic tasks on your own.


Most HVAC contractors and companies are very familiar with the general service questions that come their way. The sign of a good company is one that will answer questions without insisting on a service call. With that in mind, what are the heating and air conditioning tasks you can perform yourself?

DIY Task #1: The Filter

The filter is the number one cause of easily-solvable problems with most HVAC systems. Low airflow? Check the filter. Starting and stopping frequently? Check the filter. Inconsistent temperature? Check the filter.

Changing or cleaning the filter can solve a lot of problems. It’s easy, it’s inexpensive, and you can do it yourself. Just check your manual to be sure you’re installing it facing the right direction and you’re good to go. If you don’t have a manual, this is one of those questions a good HVAC company will be happy to answer for you.

DIY Task #2: Cleaning is Key

Keeping your system clean is a great way to keep it running smoothly. Dust and debris inside or on top of your unit can cause issues with the moving parts and can make your system less energy efficient and more prone to break downs.

Clean on and around the indoor and outdoor units. Make sure your exterior AC is free from sticks, leaves, and dirt to protect the fan.

DIY Task #3: Test the Thermostat

One way to make sure your heat and air conditioning is running properly is to check your thermostat. Either raise or lower the temperature to get the system to turn on and off in response to temperature demands. This will help you know if there’s any potential trouble brewing.

While there are a few steps you can take to maintain your HVAC, the best way to ensure your system is working at its most effective and most efficient is with regular professional maintenance.

For more information on maintenance plans or for any general service questions, find your nearest McCall’s dealer.